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How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning

Struggling to keep your house cool in the summer can be a challenge, especially if you’re not fortunate enough to have air conditioning.

The good news is that it’s possible to keep your home cool using a few simple tips. While we can’t promise that these will work as well as air conditioning, they will help to keep your home at a manageable temperature.

So without further ado, here are five ways to help keep your home cool in summer:

1. Open windows at night

Take advantage of cool outside temperatures at night by opening windows. For best results, open a window in the room you want to cool the most. Then open a second window in a room located on the opposite side of the house. In the second room install a fan pointing OUTWARD. This will create a low-pressure system inside your home to suck cool air in from outside.

2. Circulate air in the cellar

This is only effective if you have a basement, but it is an extremely effective way of keeping your house cool if you do. Basements are usually a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house. Install a fan in the basement pointing upstairs to circulate that cool basement air throughout the rest of the house.

3. Close windows during the day

During the day you need to keep as much heat out of the house as possible. So close windows as soon as the inside temperature becomes higher than the outside. This may seem counterproductive but opening windows to let cool air in when the inside temperature is higher than the outside temperature will only make your home warmer.

4. Block out sunlight

During the day, sunlight shining into your home warms up floors and furniture which is then released at night. You can counteract this by closing curtains and blinds during the day to help block out sunlight. This is not for everyone, but it’s ideal if you work during the day because you should come home to a nice cool house in the evening.

5. Let your insulation do the work

Most people think insulation is there to help keep the house warm in winter. But it also traps cool air inside, helping to keep it cool in the summer. So upgrading your insulation can give you the best of both worlds. In fact, insulation is the most cost-effective and practical way of keeping your home cool.

So there you have it, five easy and cost-effective ways to keep your home cool in summer without air conditioning. And even if you have air conditioning installed, using a few of these tips can help to reduce the demand on your air conditioning unit which should reduce your energy bill.

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